Is Back Pain Curable? How to manage Back Pain with Ayurvedic Treatment?

By Dr Mukesh Sharda In Joint Pain

Nowadays, the issue of back pain seems normal, which could be commonly observed in every age group. It is the physical discomfort or pain occurring in the related area of the spine. A person with back pain may face difficulties while performing regular activities of life like walking, standing and even sitting. Back Pain Ayurvedic Treatment is the most effective way of getting rid of such a problem.

Causative factors of Back Pain

There could be several reasons which may result in a painful back. But most commonly, such an issue is caused by:

  • Sedentary life structure: If you are following a passive lifestyle or you often spend your time sitting or lying idle for hours, then your chances of getting back pain are more. This is because in such a situation, your body lacks movement and your bones become less flexible.
  • Age: As a person gets older, his/her chances of getting back pain may also increase, this is because our bones start becoming weak due to regular wear & tear.
  • Obesity: Your joints suffer as they are loaded with much pressure due to excessive weight. Your spine has to tolerate more weight and thus, resulting in hump or pain in the back.
  • Poor posture: Poor posture is another relevant factor contributing to back pain. If you sit, lie or sleep in an improper position, then it doubles your chances to get back pain.
  • Injuries: If you have faced any internal or external spine injury, then there are more chances that the back pain may persist.
  • Improper or heavy lifting: You are more prone to get back pain if you lift heavy weights. As heavy lifting may strain the muscles of your back.

What are the symptoms of Back Pain?

You may be having intolerable pain in the spine, neck and other associated areas of the back.

  • There can be swelling in your back.
  • Unexplainable weight loss can be seen.
  • Numbness around the genitals, anus or buttocks.
  • The pain may reach below the knees.
  • Difficulty in sleeping, standing and even sitting.
  • Loss of control over bowel movements.
  • Difficulty while urinating.
  • Some people also experience fever.
  • Giddiness

The back pain could be both- acute that generally lasts for a few days to a few weeks and chronic which could last for 12 weeks and even longer.

Ayurvedic Perspective

The condition of lower back pain is called “Kati-shoola” in Ayurveda. Ayurveda has been used since ancient times to get relief from back pain. Treatment for back pain in Ayurveda helps to Cure this condition.

Which Dosha Imbalance causes back pain?

As per Ayurveda, the main reason of occurring back pain is the vikrati/imbalance of Vata Dosha in the body.

Excessive fasting or workout, cold or dry weather, eating foods that dry up the mouth or having injuries on the vital points of the body are some factors responsible for Vata Dosha imbalance.

But worry not, this imbalance can be handled by adding some simple Ayurvedic & healthy habits to our lifestyle.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Chronic Back Pain Relief

 

There are some wonderful ways available in Ayurveda through which one can get control over any ailment. To know how to get rid of back pain instantly read these 4 heads:

  • Ayurveda herbs for back pain
  • Lifestyle modification for back pain
  • Diet modification for back pain
  • Panchakarma for back pain

Ayurvedic Herbs for Back Pain

In Ayurveda, herbs are used in such an effective manner that works on removing the root-cause factor of the ailment and improves the overall health of a person. Herbs have no harmful effects on health, so everyone can use them.

Beneficial herbs for Back Pain

  • Nirgundi: The herb is considered an Ayurvedic cure for back pain. Because it helps in reducing swelling, pain, cold, fever, cough and various other disorders. However, it is very easy to use Nirgundi. You can apply Nirgundi oil or make s paste of its leaves and apply it on the affected areas of your back. 
  • Ashwagandha: The herb can be used as an instant remedy for back pain. It is considered the “HEALING HERB.” It contains anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain and prevent pain signals from travelling through the central nervous system.
  • Shilajit: It is a very effective herb available in Ayurveda that helps to relieve pain. The roots and berries of Shilajit prevent pain signals from travelling through the central nervous system. The anti-inflammatory nature of this herb reduces swelling caused.
  • Sonth powder: Here sonth means dried ginger. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties that help to balance Vata Dosha and reduces pain & swelling. Firstly, peel the ginger and cut them into small slices/pieces and then sun-dry them. Grind them in a grinder until you have a fine powder. Put this in a jar and use it in your regular meals for reduced back pain.
  • Guggul: The herb acts as a very effective pain reliever. It provides a number of health benefits like relieving heartburn, restoring appetite and reducing pain & inflammation caused. You can apply the paste of Guggul mixed in warm water to reduce the pain.

However, it is necessary to consult an Ayurvedic doctor or physician about the dosage and mode of consumption, before consuming these herbs.

Lifestyle modification for Back pain

Ayurvedic treatment for back pain emphasises making changes in a sedentary lifestyle. If you are following a passive lifestyle, where your body lacks movement. Then you are more prone to get back, neck and other joint pain. A good and healthy lifestyle generally includes

  • Exercise: Try to add mild exercises to your daily routine. One can opt for mild walking, jogging, or cycling. These will make your bones more flexible and reduce joint pain.
  • Yoga: Yoga asanas are very much helpful in relieving the pain in joints. The Trikonsana,  Ardha Matsyendrasana, Balasana and Sukhasana are some helpful yoga asanas that one can opt for.
  • Meditation: Mediation can also be used as an effective approach to getting relief from back pain. It develops the focus and ability to move your mind off the pain and decreases discomfort. Stress and anxiety accompanied by pain are also reduced through meditation.

Diet Modifications for Back pain

Food has a direct connection with our body and mind. Where on the one side healthy food will make the body strong and disease-free. On the other hand, the consumption of a bad diet and junk food will make your body weak and your chances of getting disorders will increase.

How to modify your diet?

  • Add Cow’s Ghee to your diet: Cow’s ghee is very effective and must surely be included in the daily diet. It soothes inflammation, lubricates joints, and reduces stiffness. It also acts as a natural moisturizer that helps to nourish. Consumption of Cow’s desi ghee provides strength to the bones and prevents the breakdown of bones.
  • Eat fresh & healthy: Add fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals. It will give your body strength to cope with the pain and will reduce the pain co-currently. One can consume kale, spinach, Papaya, Fenugreek(Methi), pineapples, berries, grapes, apricots, chikoo (Sapodilla) and dates to reduce back pain.
  • Avoid junk food: Consumption of junk food will make your body weak. These foods are dead food which has no nutrients and vitamins at all. So, instead of forcing your body with this processed food, go for a healthy diet!

Panchakarma therapy for Back Treatment

Panchkarma is a significant branch of Ayurveda. It means a therapy that includes 5 actions:- Vamana, Virechana Basti, Nasya and Raktamokshan. These five Karmas help to cleanse the body from unwanted waste after lubricating it.

The emphasis is laid down on restoring the balance between the three Doshas of the body. It is very much helpful in treating back pain as well as obesity, joint pain and respiratory ailments. Panchakarma therapy for Back Pain:

  • Abhyangam: It means a full body rub from the head to toe with Ayurvedic oils. It reduces torments and pains in the joints by greasing them. Additionally. It increases blood circulation in the body and the affected area.
  • Pizhichil: It includes pressing of warm cured oil onto the body of the person who has back pain. It improves muscle tone and reinforces them subsequently.
  • Sneha Basti: Enema is given to the back pain patient along with a massage that de-toxifies the lower part of the body. It helps to eliminate all the toxins from the body and balances Vata Dosha.
  • Kizhi: Herbs, powders, rice and other natural ingredients are used for making materials like travel bags. Then these are warmed up and daintily beaten over the particular parts of the body. It is effective for balancing Vata Dosha which is the main cause of back pain.

Conclusion

So we can conclude that back pain could be a really painful disorder. It requires proper medical action, which is to say Ayurveda to prevent future serious health complications. Treatment for Back Pain in Ayurveda aims to remove the roots of the disorder, rather than just minimising the pain for a limited period.

So, one should adopt Ayurveda to live a life that is happy and disease free!

Article By:

Dr Mukesh Sharda

Dr. Mukesh Sharda (BAMS, Ph.D.) founder Dr. Sharda Ayurveda is a worldwide renowned Ayurvedic doctor withholding more than 15+years of experience in treating autoimmune disease patients. The root cause treatment and its effectiveness make this clinic stand out from others. Dr. Mukesh Sharda is serving mankind through its various widespread branches in India and globally through telephonic and video consultations.

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